Reliance advances Jamnagar expansion project

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, has let a contract to Siemens Ltd., Mumbai, a subsidiary of Siemens AG, for work related to the expansion of its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India (OGJ Online, Jan. 22. 2014).

Under the scope of the contract, Siemens will design, manufacture, supply, and commission four of its SST-600 steam turbine generation units for the Jamnagar refinery, Siemens said in an Aug. 8 filing to India’s BSE Ltd. (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange).

The contract is valued at 2.28 billion rupees ($37.3 million), Siemens said.

RIL’s Jamnagar project, known as J3, is designed to increase production capacity of ethylene and other petroleum products at the complex. The third phase of the ongoing development project at the site, J3 includes expanding Jamnagar’s gasification plants, ethylene cracker complex, and paraxylene plant.

RIL previously reported that the refinery off-gas cracker expansion would increase capacities as follows: ethylene to 3.248 million tonnes/year (tpy) from 1.883 million tpy; propylene to 913,000 tpy from 759,000 tpy; monoethylene glycol to 1.466 million tpy from 733,000 tpy; low-density polyethylene to 590,000 tpy from 190,000 tpy; high-density and linear low-density polyethylene to 1.478 million tpy from 928,000 tpy; and paraxylene to 3.656 million tpy from 1.856 million tpy (OGJ Online, May 3, 2012).

RIL in April secured loans from a consortium of Japanese banks totaling about $550 million to help fund the Jamnagar ethylene capacity expansion (OGJ Online, July 7, 2014).

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